The United States’ draw with Wales on Monday is not a bad result. That being said, it is not a stellar result. On one hand, the United States is still alive and well in the competition. On the other, it is far from guaranteed to reach the round of 16.
By the time the USMNT kicks off against England on Black Friday, it will either be in third or fourth place in Group B. Wales and Iran kick off in the first game of the day at 5 a.m. ET. Nine hours later, the United States faces its toughest task of its three games.
Does USMNT go out to win or draw against England?
Therefore, Gregg Berhalter has a decision to make.
Of course, part of the consideration for that stems from the result in the Wales game on Friday. A Wales win against Iran puts the United States even more under the microscope against England. Or, a Wales loss allows the United States to control its fate against Iran.
It is the beauty of round robin play. Loaded possibilities yield a headache for USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. Particularly given the unpredictability of this tournament with major sides such as Argentina or Germany losing, Gareth Southgate likely sees this game as a perfect chance to lock up a spot in the round of 16. Doing so, he avoids the stress of a final matchday battle. Plus, he can rest players in England’s third and final game of the group stage.
Berhalter’s choice comes down to actively sending out a side to win and hit England on the front. Either that, or he can play out for a draw and hit England on the counter. Regardless of the plan, the result is what matters.
Scenarios facing US depending on US-England result
If the US gets a win against England, generating four points after two games, the United States is in an ideal spot going into a final group stage game against Iran. In that scenario, US would have four points going into the last game. A win against Iran coupled with an earlier win versus England could see US finish atop the…
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Author : Kyle Fansler
Publish date : 2022-11-24 18:00:00
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